The Pleasanton City Council, under the leadership of its new mayor, Clinton Powell, and council members Diana Prasifka, Lillian Cashmer, J.R. Gallegos, Jeanne Israel, Kenneth Hernandez and Robert Leonhardt, heard a detailed report on city projects during the June 3 regular session.
City Manager Johnny Huizar presented the impressive list of accomplishments and proposed projects at the June 3 council meeting and noted that a Draft Budget will be presented at a special session June 17 at 5 p.m. He reported the following:
• Utilities Dept. – completed installation of the 8-inch water main on Oakhaven. The new main will be tied to an existing 8-inch: main on Oaklawn. All well sites are operational, he reported, except the Jimmy Seay which is waiting on repair parts.
• The Street Dept. continues work on Oakhaven. Asphalt has been laid on Oakhaven from Goodwin St. and Sandy Lane. Rain delayed some construction.
• Parks and Recreation Dept. held the first Memorial Day in the Park event in remembrance of the brave men and women who served and made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. He thanked the 323rd Army Band, the classic car show folks and others who sponsored events.
• The EMC Strategy Group is working with the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar to facilitate transfer of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to the city which will be distributed via the state under a similar procedure as the 2020 CRF funds.
The EMC is also working with Congressman Cuellar to formalize a usage agreement between the U.S Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi and Kingsville and the Pleasanton Municipal Airport.
These agreements would position the city for further eligibility for state and federal funding, it was noted.
Mayor Powell and council heard an impressive list of current active grant projects:
• EMC is working with City Engineer John Metting and City Parks Director Greg Leach on completion of the TxDOT Transportation Assistance Grant for a sidewalk project estimated at $885,000.
• AARP – Community Challenge Grant-Parks & Recreation Enhancement Project: funding for a John Deere Gator, irrigation system, 8-foot fence, security lighting and electrical and uniforms for the Parks First-Step Volunteer Program. Total requested is $108,250.
• AARP – Community Challenge Grant – Municipal Library Computer Enhancement & Education Project – funding for ten laptops, 10 Microsoft subscriptions, 10 laptop cases, charging docking cart and computer instructor fees. Total request is $25,200.
• EMC submitted a State Homeland Security grant to the Office of the Governor for the Pleasanton Municipal Airport Security Enhancement Project. If funded, the grant will provide funding for reimbursement for a high fence around the airport, five portable light towers with generators and security cameras. Total grant request is $152,250.
Active USDA Projects include the following:
• Airport Hangar Projects – USDA to provide a long-term, low-interest capital infrastructure for construction of two airport hangars;
• Office of Emergency Management – Mass Notification System & Emergency Operations Response Vehicle;
• Parks & Recreation Enhancement Project.
EMC and the city finance department submitted allowable expenses related to the 2021 Winter Storm to TDEM on May 18. Total submitted was over $850,000. If approved, Huizar noted, the city will receive 75% of the amount submitted ($637,500). Deadline to submit all expenses is June 18.
The EMC and SBA held an “American Rescue Plan” Small Business Webinar on May 20. It highlighted all available funding opportunities for small businesses, including grants and loans. Sixteen local residents participated in the webinar.
The EMS is working with City Engineer John Metting on developing shovelready infrastructure projects to be submitted to the office of Congressman Henry Cuellar for consideration for federal funding through the Con- gressional Community Project Funding Program. Projects will be submitted in November, Huizar noted.
Council approved the following items:
• A five-year Municipal Airport hangar lease with the Federal Aviation Administration;
• Directed city staff to issue Change Order No. 1 for the construction of the Municipal Airport Perimeter Fencing Project at a cost of $16,923;
• A contract extension between Ranger Cinco, LLC and the City of Pleasanton for Pleasanton River Park Security;
• Shared cost of the fence construction at the Atascosa County Appraisal District at a cost of $5,275.